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post #1 of 15 Old 12-01-2010, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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Mystery Ailment

So I have been having issues with my 30 gallon semi aggressive. The fish in the tank seem very lethargic. Until today I have been pulling a dead fish out a day. The thing that confuses me is that the Dwarf gouramis, redtailed shark and the yo-yo loaches. The barbs just keep dieing as well as a few of my danios just dropped off.
The water parameters
Ammonia- 0 (it spiked to .25 earlier in the week but i kept it under control with a simple water change and it has been fine since)
Nitrates and nitrates are both within there acceptable parameters
one of the barbs did have ich but i treated and it was fine after the three days of treatment I really have no clue what is going on and am afraid to do anything with the tank until i find out what this epidemic is.
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post #2 of 15 Old 12-01-2010, 12:43 PM
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Water Changes! Do them!

I dont know the answer to the ailment, but that should help the symptoms until you find a cure.
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post #3 of 15 Old 12-01-2010, 12:46 PM Thread Starter
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Ya I have been doing those but it doesn't seem to be helping
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post #4 of 15 Old 12-01-2010, 12:56 PM
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Do you have a heater? How long has the tank been up and running?
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post #5 of 15 Old 12-01-2010, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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The tank has been runningn for 6 months plus the newest additions were 4 cherry barbs that was almost a month ago. there is a heater in there. I'm currently not at home but i believe the temp is around 73-76
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post #6 of 15 Old 12-01-2010, 01:03 PM
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Do the fish look like they are getting enough oxygen? That would make them slow and lethargic. Check to see if they are going to the surface for air. Is there a lot of algae in the tank? high phosphates?
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post #7 of 15 Old 12-01-2010, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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there is a little brown algae but nothing to bad. I intially thought that as well but have had an airstone running in there for the last 3 weeks and it doesnt change anything.
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post #8 of 15 Old 12-01-2010, 01:05 PM
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Agreed, low oxygen and colder temps can make fish lethargic. Can also lower their immune systems to where it cant fight off things it normally would. I keep my tank at a firm 79 and it makes a HUGE difference. I also keep plants in there to keep my water quality and oxygen up.
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post #9 of 15 Old 12-01-2010, 01:05 PM
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whats the ph at? have you checked lately?
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post #10 of 15 Old 12-01-2010, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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check about every other day and it is always between 7.2 and 7.3 I also have live plants in the tank.
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